Though Paul deals a lot with false teachers in the letters to Timothy and Titus, he is not the only New Testament writer to deal with the subject. Peter has a lot to say about these deceivers, as well as those who are deceived by them.
The story of Esther is familia7.r to many, and has great value to teach us today. As we look at several passages from the book this morning, we will notice several occasions where Mordecai and Esther chose to do the right thing, even when it may not have been the easiest choice to make.
Though the letters of Timothy and Titus are often thought of as instructive for preachers, there is something for all of us within those pages. We are all called to be servants of the Lord, and we all should strive to be the best we can be as God’s servants.
Paul uses the illustration of vessels in a house, some being used for honorable purposes, others for dishonorable. This illustration points to a truth in the church, that there are some bringing honor to God, but others who are bringing shame and reproach upon his name. Which one are we going to be? Paul describes how we must become vessels of honor in order to bring glory of God.
Sometimes, it is good to be reminded of things, even if we haven’t really forgotten them. We may not forget that Christ is risen, but it should cause us to rejoice when it is brought to our attention. We may not forget the Lord’s promises, but it is no less meaningful to hear them repeated. In our text for tonight, we are reminded of some things that we probably haven’t forgotten about, but we are blessed through the reminder all the same.
Peter tells us that we are a living stones being built into a spiritual house for the Lord. Built on the foundation of Christ, our cornerstone, we are built up to offer spiritual sacrifices to our Lord.
As Christians we are all called to be servants, and each of us has a circle of people who we have the opportunity to minister to. Even if we are not preachers or teachers, there is much we can learn about staying focused on our ministry as we study the words of 2 Timothy 2.
“Do Not Judge, Lest You Be Judge,” (Matthew 7:1) is perhaps one of the best known, and definitely one of the most misunderstood passages of Scripture today. Our lesson this morning focuses on looking at this verse in a wider context, and working to understand what the Bible really says about judging.
As the first chapter of 2 Timothy draws to a close, there are a few individuals, including Paul himself, who are put forward as examples. Two are good examples that should be followed, and the third example is a bad one, those who should not be imitated.
Some might have told a young evangelist like Timothy that he had plenty to be ashamed of. After all, he was preaching a faith that was “everywhere spoken against” and his mentor was being held prisoner as though he were a criminal. But Paul encourages Timothy and us to not be ashamed, and gives us several reasons to boast in the Lord.